Post # 1
Has anyone used an anti-bark color for their dog? Once my bf moved in with me, so did his 5 year old beagle/basset mix. Since he was living at home since he adopted him, the dog (albert) was able to roam and play in the backyard. When they did go on walks, it was in the woods and so he was unaccoustomed to meeting other dogs on the walk. Now that we’re walking him in my neighborhood he barks at EVERYONE! Hes super friendly and probably wouldn’t hurt a fly, but has a bad bark. I can often times hear him barking outside, when I’m inside!
My question…. has anyone used the anti bark colors? I know they make a shock one, which i’m not a fan of but I’ve also heard of the citronella ones too. Do they work? Is it worth the money?
Or any other suggestions??
Post # 3
Oh man… I can’t imagine 2 breeds that would be HARDER to stop barking than a beagle and a basset! You really have your work cut out for you.
I have a neighbour who uses the collar, and I’ve read an article about them online too, and some of the troubles people have had. Evidently the instructions are not super clear that you should not leave them on all the time like a regular collar. The metal nodes that touch the neck can cause necrosis if left on all the time, and one story I read they spent over $1200.00 on very painful surgery having to remove chunks of dead skin from the dog’s neck! Awful.
Having said that, they can be very effective is used for short periods of time. In your case, I would put the collar on him ONLY during times he barks the most. If you’re putting him outside for a hour or so, then put the collar on, but take it off when he comes in, and you’re available to correct his barking yourself. If he barks on walks, put it on for the walk only etc… etc…
Post # 4
I only have experience with the citronella ones, and I didn’t know the dogs before they used them but they still barked a lot. A simple spray bottle might work better. I wouldn’t personally use a shock collar, like an actual Milgram experiment, I know they’re supposed to be safe, but I wouldn’t shock a person, so I wouldn’t shock a dog either…
Post # 5
I’ve used a bark collar for my boston terrier. He goes nuts when we come home and we live in an apartment. I tried all kinds of other methods, but nothing worked. Terriers are stubborn.
It is actually the shock kind, BUT I had Fiance test the shock before I put it on him 🙂 It’ll wake you up, but it’s not exceptionally painful. Plus, it graduates. A little tingle for the first bark, and then graduating to a pretty sharp shock if he keeps barking.
It helps, but it didn’t stop him entirely.
Post # 6
Thanks for the suggestions. We also have one of those hummane muzzles but I hate using it as though I know it doesn’t hurt him, it makes me think of Lady and the Tramp!
@MissNoodles: We are at least lucky that he doesn’t howl! But man is he a loud barker! Luckally… he only does it outside!